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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Wheels out their Recycling Scheme

20 September 2018

Residents of Newtownabbey will be able to improve their recycling rates even further now that the roll out of the Wheelie Box is complete.

Delivered by Bryson Recycling, this innovative service has seen over 38,000 Wheelie Boxes delivered to each household in the Newtownabbey side of the Borough, giving residents the capacity to recycle even more from their homes.  With three separate containers, which are stacked on a trolley, residents can recycle an array of household items including tins, aerosols, plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays, aluminium foil, textiles and much more. By collecting recycling in this way, Bryson ensure the quality of material is maintained and that they can be recycled locally which helps the economy.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth commented; “We currently recycle over 52% of our household waste which is a fantastic achievement by the people of Antrim and Newtownabbey but we need to boost local recycling even more. Sending rubbish to landfill costs significantly more than recycling it, and with disposal costs increasing year on year we need to shift the focus from waste disposal to recycling in order to save ratepayers money. We hope to see local recycling figures increase even more now that every household in Newtownabbey has this service.”

Over 80% of materials collected by Bryson stay in Northern Ireland to be recycled, going to   local companies such as Huhtamaki, Cherry Pipes and Encirc, who will recycle it into new products, employ hundreds of people and generate tens of millions each year for the Northern Ireland economy.

Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling added: “The Wheelie Box has been developed by Bryson and UK Manufacturer Straight Plc. as a direct response to customer feedback. This recycling container provides extra room for recycling, is more stable in the wind, has a hinged lid and it is on wheels so it is easy to move. The Wheelie Box has enormous potential to be rolled out across Northern Ireland and the UK, and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting innovation”.

The Wheelie Box now replaces the kerbside recycling boxes. Residents who have recently received their new Wheelie Box can keep their existing kerbside boxes or they can leave them out to be collected by Bryson from Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 September.